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spicy pulao recipe with step by step pics – this is a one pot spicy and tasty vegetable pulao recipe.

spicy vegetable pulao recipe

rice based dishes like pulao or biryani are made often at home. so you will see a lot of rice based recipes on the blog. veg pulao is one dish which i make almost once or twice a week. usually i make my standard vegetable pulao in the pressure cooker. but there are occasions when i make this spicy vegetable pulao.

here the four ingredients which contribute to the spice and heat are ginger, garlic, green chilies and red chili powder. apart from these four ingredients, the other whole spices also lend their warm flavors to the veg pulao. the addition of coriander and mint leaves also gives a fresh flavor & taste. this pulao recipe is not very spicy but medium spicy.

serve spicy vegetable pulao with a side veggie salad, kachumber or a raita.

if you are looking for more pulao recipes then do check green peas pulao, vegetable pulaokashmiri pulao, tawa pulao and mushroom pulao.

spicy veg pulao recipe below:

spicy pulao recipe, spicy veg pulao recipe
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spicy pulao recipe | spicy veg pulao recipe

vegetable pulao recipe - easy and delicious one pot spicy vegetable pulao recipe.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for rice:

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or any regular rice, 300 grams
  • enough water for soaking rice

vegetables and other ingredients for veg pulao:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onions or 1 medium to large onion, finely sliced
  • cup chopped tomato or 1 medium sized chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves (dhania patta), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves (pudina patta), chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger+garlic paste or ½ inch ginger and 4 to 5 garlic, crushed in mortar-pestle
  • 2 to 3 green chilies (hari mirch), chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • 3 cups chopped mixed veggies (i used a mix of cauliflower, french beans, potatoes and carrots)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup green peas (matar), fresh or frozen
  • 2.5 cups water
  • salt as required

whole spices for veg pulao:

  • 2 small tejpatta (indian bay leaf) or 1 medium to large tej patta
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 4 to 5 black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • 1 piece small of stone flower (pathar ke phool or kalpasi or dagad phool) - optional
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 1 or 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 star anise (chakri phool)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

how to make recipe

preparation for spicy veg pulao recipe

  1. first rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice in water till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. 

  2. after 30 minutes drain the water and keep aside. when the rice is soaking, chop all the veggies, herbs and keep them ready.

making spicy veg pulao:

  1. heat 2 to 3 tbsp oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. then add all the whole spices mentioned in the above list. saute the spices till they become fragrant and splutter.
  2. now add thinly sliced onions.
  3. stir and saute till the onions start to become golden. you have to stir often, so that the onions cook evenly.
  4. now add 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves.
  5. saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  6. then add the chopped tomatoes.
  7. next add the spice powders - 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and a pinch of asafoetida (optional).
  8. stir and saute this spicy mixture till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.
  9. now add 3 cups chopped mixed veggies (i used a mix of cauliflower, french beans, potatoes and carrots) and 1/4 to 1/3 cup peas.
  10. mix the veggies with the spicy mixture and saute for a minute.
  11. now add the soaked & drained rice. stir gently and saute the rice for a minute.
  12. add 2.5 cups water. season with salt and stir again. check the taste and the stock/broth should feel a bit salty.
  13. cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook veg pulao on medium to high flame for 1 whistle. i used a 3 litre pressure cooker and it took about 15 minutes for the rice to get cooked.

  14. if using a smaller pressure cooker, then cook veg pulao for 10 to 12 minutes.

  15. fluff the rice gently and serve spicy veg pulao with a raita or a side salad. you can also accompany sliced onion rings, lemon wedges, roasted papad and a pickle by the side. another accompaniment for this pulao is shorba or side gravy.

recipe notes

to make veg pulao in a pan or pot:

  1. add 2.75 to 3 cups water if cooking in a pan. you may add water as required.
  2. use a thick bottomed deep pan.

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how to make spicy veg pulao recipe

1. first rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice in water till the water runs clear of starch. then soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain the water and keep aside. when the rice is soaking, prep all the veggies and keep them ready.

rice for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

2. heat 2 to 3 tbsp oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. then add the whole spices – 2 small tejpatta or 1 medium to large tej patta/indian bay leaf, 2 to 3 cloves, 4 to 5 black pepper, 1 small piece of stone flower/kalpasi (optional), ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 black cardamom, 1 or 2 single strands of mace, 1 star anise, 1 tsp fennel seeds and ½ tsp cumin seeds.

spices for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

3. saute the spices till they become fragrant and splutter.

spices for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

4. now add thinly sliced onions. about ½ cup of thinly sliced onions or 1 medium to large onion, sliced.

onions for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

5. stir and saute till the onions start to become golden. you have to stir often, so that the onions cook evenly.

onions for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

6. now add 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped), 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves.

ginger for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

7. saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

8. then add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes. about 1 medium tomato chopped.

tomatoes for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

9. follow with adding the spice powders – ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and a pinch of asafoetida (optional).

spices for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

10. stir and saute this spicy mixture till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.

making spicy vegetable pulao recipe

11. now add 3 cups chopped mixed veggies (i used a mix of cauliflower, french beans, potatoes and carrots) and ¼ to ⅓ cup peas. as far the mixed veggies are concerned, you could use your choice of veggies.

veggies for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

12. mix the veggies with the spicy mixture and saute for a minute.

making spicy vegetable pulao recipe

13. now add the soaked & drained rice.

rice for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

14. stir gently and saute the rice for a minute. the oil or ghee should coat the rice grains.

preparing spicy vegetable pulao recipe

15. add 2.5 cups water.

water for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

16. season with salt and stir again. check the taste and the stock/broth should feel a bit salty.

salt for spicy vegetable pulao recipe

17. cover the pressure cooker with its lid and pressure cook veg pulao on medium to high flame for 1 whistle. i used a 3 litre pressure cooker and it took about 15 minutes for the rice to get cooked. if using a smaller pressure cooker, then pressure cook pulao for 10 to 12 minutes.

making spicy vegetable pulao recipe

18. fluff the rice gently and serve spicy veg pulao with a raita or a side salad. you can also accompany sliced onion rings, lemon wedges, roasted papad and a pickle by the side. another accompaniment is this shorba or side gravy for pulao.

spicy veg pulao recipe, spicy vegetable pulao recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Made this a few days ago. Very nice.thanks for sharing.
    Regards and take care

    • thank you marina for this feedback. glad to know.

  2. I made this.came out well.nice recipe.thank you

    • welcome and thankyou anjali 🙂

  3. These recipes are very helpful for me to cook new variety of food